New York’s JFK Airport evacuated after reports of ‘shots fired’

Operations at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City were suspended after 911 calls about possible gunfire, but a subsequent search of the airport found no evidence of a shooting. Parts of the airport were evacuated.

The incident began at 9:30 p.m. ET on Sunday when police started receiving 911 calls of shots being fired inside Terminal 8 at JFK Airport, but no victims were located and no evidence could be found to suggest something had happened. At 10:15 p.m., additional calls reported gunfire in Terminal 1.

Witnesses at the airport reported a chaotic scene as emergency services rushed to the scene, where heavily-armed police officers were visible as hundreds of people were stranded outside the terminals. Some passengers reported being put in a lockdown mode while others were evacuated.

"Police received reports of shots fired at Terminal 8 at JFK at about 9:30. This apparently was near the departures area," the Port Authority said in a statement. "Also, at about 10:15, Terminal 1 at JFK was closed after receipt of additional calls of shots fired."

Both terminals were evacuated as a precaution but the New York Police Department reported just after 12:15 a.m. on Monday that a search of all terminals had failed to find any evidence of a shooting. "All affected terminals will resume operations shortly," police said, concluding that no shots had been fired.

As a result of the scare, a ground stop was issued for John F. Kennedy Airport at 10:15 p.m., though flights at the airport had already disrupted due to bad weather. The ground stop was lifted at around 12:30 a.m. though delays are likely to continue throughout the night and morning.

As a result of the police activity, the Van Wyck Expressway approaching JFK Airport was also closed.

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